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Europe as EmpireThe Nature of the Enlarged European Union$
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Jan Zielonka

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199292219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199292213.001.0001

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Introduction: The Neo-medieval Paradigm

Introduction: The Neo-medieval Paradigm

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(p.1) Introduction: The Neo-medieval Paradigm
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Europe as Empire
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Jan Zielonka (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199292213.003.0001

The introductory chapter spells out the major arguments of the book, defines the basic terms used, and explains the genesis, structure, and the theoretical context of the book. Two contrasting models of the emerging EU system are identified: a Westphalian superstate and a neo-medieval empire. It explains why other possible alternatives are not considered, and the difference between a neo-Westphalian and neo-medieval type of empire.

Keywords:   superstate, empire, European Union

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